Monday, May 22, 2006

J.N. Darby on the Lord's Purpose in Gathering the Saints on Earth

John Nelson Darby wrote:

"It is the desire of our hearts, and as we believe God's will under this dispensation, that all the children of God should be gathered together as such, and, consequently, as not of the world. The Lord hath given Himself 'not for that (the Jewish) nation only, but that he should gather together in one the children of God which are scattered abroad.' This gathering together in one was then the immediate object of Christ's death. The salvation of the elect was as certain before the His advent, though accomplished by it, as afterwards. The Jewish dispensation which preceded His coming into the world had for its object, not to gather the church upon earth, but to exhibit the government of God by means of an elect nation. At this time the Lord's purpose is to gather as well as to save, to realise unity, not merely in the heavens, where the purposes of God shall surely be accomplished, but here upon earth, by one Spirit sent down from heaven. By one Spirit we are all baptised into one body. This is undeniably the truth concerning the church as it is set before us in the word. Men may go about proving that hypocrites and evil men had crept into the church, but there is no resisting the inference that there was a church into which they had crept. The gathering of all the children of God in one body is plainly according to the mind of God in the word."

Taken from On the Formation of Churches in Collected Writings vol.1

7 comments:

Redeemed said...

Amen.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:26-29

Rose~ said...

Great thoughts from Darby. Thanks for sharing.

Ryan S. said...
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The IBEX Scribe said...

So this is what you used for this afternoon's neck exercises? ;)

I've read it a couple of times to try to wrap my brain around it. This part I like a lot: At this time the Lord's purpose is to gather as well as to save, to realise unity, not merely in the heavens, where the purposes of God shall surely be accomplished, but here upon earth, by one Spirit sent down from heaven. By one Spirit we are all baptised into one body.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Angie, Rose~ and Sarah, I am glad you liked it.

Ryan, thanks for your thoughts.

I am Post-Trib as well. However, I think it is inconsistent to be Pre-Mill and deny the restoration of sacrifices, unless one denies that the Millennium is the subject of Old Testament prophecy.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Kc said...

Your Darby selections have become almost like devotions for me. His insight and understanding concerning the Church rings so true to me. Thanks again for these selections. ;-)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I am glad you appreciate them, Kc.